8. Salty Snacks
When we sweat, we lose valuable electrolytes that not only make us feel thirsty, but crave salt. We reach for the salty crisps – but we’re not doing ourselves any favours.
Not only do crisps and salted nuts contain high levels of saturated fat (which makes them highly calorific and not very beneficial especially if weight loss is our goal) such high sodium chloride (the chemical name for table salt) foods actually deplete an important electrolyte – potassium.
We need four times as much potassium in our body than sodium, and it helps to regulate muscle function and blood pressure. But we can upset the balance by consuming salt, especially after a workout. If we’re craving salt after exercise, the chances are, we’re actually craving potassium. So opt for potassium rich foods such as bananas, potatoes, tomatoes and lima beans instead.
Sodium-rich, salty foods deplete levels of potassium, so if you’re craving salt, you might be lacking in potassium. Try eating potassium-rich foods such as bananas and lima beans instead.